Pupils from Balmacewen Intermediate visited Craigieburn on Monday and Tuesday this week as part of their historical studies with Sara Sinclair from the Otago Settlers Museum. The pupils, parents and staff of the school explored the reserve with Project Manager, Paul Pope and took time to consider the life of the Rankin, Tanner and Sherriff family as they developed their small farm. It was an opportunity to discuss the restoration methods used on the site for the structures and the artefacts found during that work. It was fantastic to have such an eager group of pupils willing to learn more about the tough conditions of colonial life and how settlers adapted and overcame those conditions to build new lives for themselves. It was also pleasing to be able to discuss the early conservation efforts of the Sherriff’s and their decision to spare the rimu forest on the property from milling. The Society looks forward to seeing many other school groups working with Sara and embracing their pioneer spirit at Craigieburn.